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The Gunners continue their race for a top-four spot on the south coast

Arsenal visit Brighton on Boxing Day as they remain in the hunt for a top four finish in the 2018/19 Premier League.

The Gunners recovered from a dip in form to beat Burnley 3-1 on Saturday after consecutive defeats to Southampton and Tottenham ended their 22-match unbeaten streak.

Arsenal will be looking to carry their momentum from Saturday into the Boxing Day clash

Their opponents welcome the Gunners on the back of three straight defeats and would love to finally give their fans something to cheer during the festive period.

A repeat of their last home clash with the Gunners would be much appreciated – goals from Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray secured a 2-1 home victory over Arsenal in March.

What the managers are saying

Chris Hughton (Brighton): “You look at pivotal moments in any season – one was getting our first win at the Amex, then our first away win and then our first win against a top-six team.

“We’d found it difficult – we played Manchester City on the first day of the season and that was a very tough game, and Chelsea was a difficult game as well.

“The Arsenal win was a fairly significant moment for us and one that we deserved.”

Chris Hughton has fond memories of Arsenal’s last visit to the Amex

Chris Hughton has fond memories of Arsenal’s last visit to the Amex

Unai Emery (Arsenal): “Brighton is the same, a very tough match physically, very organised and, like with Burnley, a very good coach who is working very well.

“It is a challenge and I respect those teams a lot because they also have good players. They decide to do a line-up with physical players with a lot of crosses for the strikers for heading in our box.

“We need to defend very far in our box to defend better against that.”

Confirmed line-ups

Brighton: Ryan, Montoya, Duffy, Balogun, Bernardo, March, Stephens, Propper, Locadia, Gross, Murray

Subs: Saltor, Bong, Kayal, Bissouma, Andone, Knockaert, Button

Arsenal: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Papastathopoulos, Koscielny, Kolasinac, Torreira, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ozil, Lacazette, Aubameyang

Subs: Cech, Elneny, Ramsey, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Nketiah, Willock

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